The Hallberg-Rassy 41 was built between 1975 and 1981 in 105 units. The Hallberg-Rassy 41 quickly became a trend-setter. This was the first boat with a proper walk through to the aft-cabin below deck and the first Hallberg-Rassy with a blue stripe around the cockpit.



The Hallberg-Rassy 41 is a long distance cruiser with the keel and rudder separated, and among other things a brim around the cockpit, which is slightly elevated, to give room for the passage to the aft cabin below deck. The size of the boat and the outfitting was spectacular for its time: Pressured water, heated water, shower, electric anchor winch, headsail furling system, two separate heads, a powerful engine, solid and elegant wooden interior and gracious lines.


The basic principle for the layout, though greatly improved, is used to this day. The Hallberg-Rassy 41 has free passage from stem to stern below deck in one level. The galley is placed by the stairs, out of the ways from any passer-by, providing safety at sea and providing full headroom in the whole galley. The chart table on the opposite side is generous and with a real seat in the boats heading direction. The main mast is integrated with the bulkhead in the saloon, and do not pass through the table or the sofa.


An old Hallberg-Rassy 41 ketch by the name of “Gianin 6” won in corrected time in her category (ORC, 23 boats) the famous Rolex Giraglia Race between St. Tropez and Genoa via Giraglia Island (top of Corsica Island). The distance is 245 nautical miles. The result is really a surprise in view of the type/age of the boat. The crew of seven, headed by her owner Pietro Supparo, are all friends and they took the race in a very “amateur” spirit…they even embarked 300 bottles of mineral water and had a big anchor on the bow as well as rolled jib etc… The only concession was new sails (not racing ones, of course, but cruising ones!). They came in front a big fleet of modern boats and aggressive skippers. Wind and sea conditions were quite calm for the whole race and participants were about 200 divided in various classes.


Europe's largest sailing magazine, Yacht from Germany, made a comparison test between the Hallberg-Rassy 41, the 43 ft Amphirite and the Contest 48 and wrote: "Although the Hallberg-Rassy 41 was the smallest boat in the test, the feeling was that she is the most spacious one. That comes by a cleverly designed interior layout. With the use of warm mahogany, beautifully finished, she has got that Scandinavian friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The performance of the boat was equally reassuring. She makes good speed and is a pleasure to steer."


Designer Olle Enderlein
Hull length, without bowsprit or davits 12.50 m / 41'
Waterline at rest 10.40 m / 34' 2"
Beam 3.53m / 11' 10"
Draught, empty standard boat 1.84 m / 6' 1"
Displacement, empty standard boat 9.9 tons / 21 825 lbs
Keel weight 3 800 kg / 8 378 lbs
Keel type Incapsulated steel keel in deep bilge
Sail area 84 m² / 930 ft²
Air draft, ex Windex 17 m / 55' 9'
Engine Volvo Penta MD 21 A
Power, measured to SAE 75 HP / 55 kW
Used power 45 HP / 33 kW
Diesel 460 litres / 121.5 US gallon
Fresh water 560 litres / 148 US gallon